I have been on the website and read through the awesome trip schedule. Now what?
Thank you for interest in our program! Once you have found your desired trip, click the "Apply Now" button and fill out the online sign-up page. You will be contacted soon by one of our Volunteer Coordinators. Next, download the volunteer application form for your trip. Fill in the blanks, and mail, email or fax it to us to reserve your place on the trip. You will hear from someone shortly confirming your spot. Please note that not every application can be accepted due to trip difficulty or availability.
How much does it cost to volunteer with the Grand Canyon Trust?
We do not charge for food, transportation, or housing, but in order to volunteer with the Grand Canyon Trust, we require that you join our organization as a member at the $50 level or higher. The cost is only $25 for volunteers who are 25 years old or younger. Your membership will be good for one year, and you can volunteer as many times as you like during that time period without renewing your membership. Please contact us if you cannot afford to become a member; we have a limited number of scholarships available based on financial need.
Please note: Current members in good standing are automatically eligible to apply for and attend volunteer trips.
When you complete the initial online volunteer application process, you may proceed to our Membership page, where you can enroll via credit card through our simple online process. If you prefer to become a member via mail, you may enroll via credit card or personal check when you submit the required Application Form.
The Grand Canyon Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and your tax-deductible membership dues help offset the costs of implementing our projects as well as help support our entire organization.
Does the Trust provide insurance coverage while I am volunteering?
The Trust does not carry or maintain health, medical or disability insurance coverage for any volunteer. Volunteers are required to have and show proof of their own medical insurance coverage. If you do not have health insurance, there are several temporary insurance coverage options we can recommend, and most options cost around $50. In the event of injury or illness requiring evacuation, the cost of evacuation and treatment will be the responsibility of the participant. Participants are required to submit a Health Statement and sign a Waiver and Release of Liability agreement before participating in any trip (included in the Application Form).
What transportation does the Trust provide?
In some instances, we can provide transportation to and from the project area from our base in Flagstaff on a first-come, first-served basis, and we encourage volunteers to carpool. It is your responsibility to get to the Flagstaff office or meet us at the project site. Please contact the Volunteer Program with transportation inquiries for a specific trip.
What if I am flying? What are the different options to get to Flagstaff?
If flying into Phoenix, you can prearrange a shuttle from the airport, take the Greyhound, or rent a car/van to get to downtown Flagstaff. You can also fly directly into Flagstaff, but tickets will typically cost significantly more.
Where will I stay the night before the work week?
Often, out of town volunteers/groups will arrive the evening before the trip and look for a place to stay. You may camp in various areas around Flagstaff, reserve a room in a hotel, or look into the Grand Canyon International Hostel, a favorite of many of our volunteers and located in the heart of downtown Flagstaff.
Where do we stay while working on the project?
The housing situation depends on the project area. We have a few options, ranging from rustic cabins with running water (such as Kane Ranch or Mangum Camp) to car camping or backpacking. Each trip description will tell you the specific accommodations so you can plan accordingly.
What if I sign up for a trip and have to cancel?
If you need to cancel your participation, the sooner you inform us, the better chance we have to fill your spot. Remember that we do not want your money, just your commitment to participate in the projects that you sign up for. The Grand Canyon Trust reserves the right to cancel any trip due to conditions such as inclement/dangerous weather or low enrollment. In the event of a trip cancellation, we will notify you as far in advance as possible. The Grand Canyon Trust is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by participants (e.g. equipment, gear, non-refundable airfare, etc). The Grand Canyon Trust reserves the right to disqualify a participant(s) at any time during a trip if he/she poses a risk to their own or the group's health, well-being or safety. Please do not book non-refundable travel until you have received confirmation of your acceptance for the trip. Participants are encouraged to consider trip cancellation insurance, which protects you against financial loss if you must cancel or interrupt a trip because of illness or injury to yourself, a family member, or traveling companion.
Is food provided on the trip?
The Volunteer Program coordinators know how to cook and eat! We love to share menu ideas, and we provide three meals a day, during the work week, unless otherwise noted.
What if I have special dietary needs?
The registration form has a section on food preferences, allergies, and special needs. We take your needs seriously and can adapt our menu accordingly. If a dietary need is extremely specialized, you may need to provide some fixings. But you will find we do a tasty, amazing job keeping you full and happy.
What is provided by the Trust? What do I need to have?
You must provide your own camping gear and equipment. We have some gear that we can loan to individuals or groups. After you sign up for your project, you will receive a pack list describing in detail what you need for a great trip.
Is there an age requirement to participate in a project? What requirements are there for experience?
In order to join a project on your own, you must be 18 or older. If you are younger than 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. You don't need experience in the project focus area, but we highly suggest that you are physically and mentally willing, able, and responsible to do the work for which you are signing up. The projects listed on this website are rated by difficulty to ensure that you end up on the right trip, creating a safe and effective work atmosphere for all involved.
Easy — Short walks on relatively even terrain, work project with minimal bending and lifting, usually day trips only.
Moderate — Shorter backpacks, tent/car camping or rustic ranch facility with long day hikes often on uneven ground. Work projects requiring lifting, bending and working several hours each day with tools. These trips are for people in good shape ready for a full day of activity.
Strenuous — Long backpacks on established trails, car-camping, or rustic ranch facility trips with long day hikes and demanding physical work. The work projects may include heavy lifting, bending, shoveling, picking, and/or hand sawing. These trips are for energetic, fit people comfortable camping in remote areas.
Challenging — Longer backpacks, involving off-trail hiking, sometimes with significant elevation changes. Backpack weight averages 50-60 lbs. The work projects may include heavy lifting, bending, shoveling, picking, and/or hand sawing. These trips are very challenging and require excellent aerobic conditioning, past experience in outdoor settings and familiarity with backcountry camping.
I have never done a trip in the backcountry before. What if someone gets sick or injured? What qualifications do your leaders have?
Our staff members are professional outdoor leaders who not only are knowledgeable about the projects and work areas, but also are certified Wilderness First Responders. This means each leader has gone through rigorous training to become fluent in outdoor medicine. We also are trained in "Leave No Trace" and practice these environmental ethics on each trip.
What if I can't participate on a project, but would like to contribute to conservation across the plateau?
Thank you. If you can't make a trip, you can become a member, sign a petition, or tell a friend about us. There are many ways to get involved to help with the sustainability of our organization and our program.